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View Poll Results: How do you like the way your S/R/GT performs?
It is f**k'n awesome, just the way it is 250 41.19%
It is great, but does have a few minor issues 250 41.19%
It's OK, but I wish BMW would take lessons from Honda 38 6.26%
It hasn't run real well since the day I brought it home, but I don't regret the purchase 11 1.81%
It really is a POS and I wish BMW would buy it back 8 1.32%
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Old 12-24-2015, 03:46 PM
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Re: Am I the only one that is happy with the way my S runs?

14 months, 9,000 miles on 2015 K1300s Motorsports Edition. It's as sorted out as I can make it now, though I'd dearly love a decent (and decently priced) cruise control.

Things I HAD to do:
1. Neoprene grip covers. I can't stand the small stock grips. Would have replaced them, but wanted to retain the heated grips. $13, and vibration reduced too.
2. Stock seat. I don't know how people can stand it. Mine is slightly sloped forward, which becomes pretty uncomfortable as parts of me gradually slide underneath... And my wife couldn't stand constantly sliding into me on braking. Replaced with heated Corbin seat (front and rear). Love the heat, wish the seat was a bit softer and the heater had a rheostat.
3. Luggage - If I couldn't stick it in a pocket, I couldn't carry it on the bike. Quickly went with the BMW tank bag, which causes me some wind issues. Also added the way-too-small sport panniers, which I can't stand expanding. Pretty much never take them off the bike, and the radar detector goes in the tank bag.

I also added the BMW luggage rack ('grid'), and the BMW large and small softbags. I was surprised how much I like the convenience of the small softbag, and stuffed full my wife likes it as a backrest too. Since I normally have the Corbin backrest on, I rarely use the softbag. (It's one or the other - can't use the softbag with the Corbin backrest).

Things I wanted:
4. Center stand. I always, always parked my 85 K100RS on it, for gassing up and for avoiding the oil smoke on startup. But I rarely use it on the K1300s. Don't need it to gas up, and no smoking. Nice to have though, for putting air in the rear tire, or hot, soft asphalt.
5. Kaoko throttle stop cruise control. Used it occasionally, and it works as well as can be expected, but its shape is uncomfortable on my right hand. I'd definitely get something else, and I will eventually replace it with something rounder for the comfort factor.
6. Electrical outlets. I had a mechanic add two switched Powerlet outlets to the small fairing panels. I run a radar detector in the tank bag (plus occasional electric vest) and needed at least two outlets. Plus the wire kept blowing out of the stock left-side outlet at high speed - not what you want when that plug is powering your radar detector.
7. Booster plug. That thing really makes a difference, in a good way. The less the throttle is opened, the more difference it seems to make, which translates into two things I really like: a) low speed driveability, and b) instant throttle response without that 'spooling up turbo lag'.
8. Stebel horn. Gone from meep-meep, to a decent horn.

I guess you could say that replacing the stock M3's was also a change. Not sure you could even get them anymore, but has anyone ever liked the M3's enough to buy a second set? I really like the Pirelli Angel GT's I have on now (second set), but I've not run any other tires on this bike. I'm in Arizona, and I don't have to worry about either cold or wet riding conditions. The GT's really make low speed turn-in faster and easier, and they are certainly confidence inspiring in the corners. Last at least double the M3's.

Sure wish the bike came with a cruise control. Would help avoiding speeding tickets.
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Old 03-25-2016, 04:28 PM
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Re: Am I the only one that is happy with the way my S runs?

I can't believe I started this thread nearly 9 years ago... HS!

The KS still rocks! Although it's been hibernating since November..
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Old 03-31-2016, 10:26 AM
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Re: Am I the only one that is happy with the way my S runs?

Originally Posted by tward
I can't believe I started this thread nearly 9 years ago... HS!

The KS still rocks! Although it's been hibernating since November..

When you started this tread, you had written: "I have an '05 BumbleBee with 7200 miles"

1) How much mileage is there now on same bike?

2) I am assuming you still like the bike and that you had minimal recalls / visit to dealer to fix things during this period - correct?

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Old 03-31-2016, 10:58 AM
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Re: Am I the only one that is happy with the way my S runs?

He's been on a K1300S for quite awhile...

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Re: Am I the only one that is happy with the way my S runs?

I have a bumble bee too.... 2005 K1200s yellow/black

3rd owner.

1st owner sold the bike at 15,000. Always serviced at BMW. No problems
2nd owner sold me the bike at 38,000 km. Services were done at local motorcycle shop, withoit ever doing any recalls.

When i bought the bike the final drive bearing failed (was failing) because the oil was never changed.

$500 in bearings and 3 weekends work.
I had BMW do all thr recalls and installed a new camchaim tensioner $270
Found a 2008 engine with clutch and gearbox (25000km) and swapped the clutch basket because of the rattle at idle. Purchased the engine for $800.
Installef a K1300 driveshaft for $200 (smoother shifting)

Bike has now 43,000km and is running perfect.
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Re: Am I the only one that is happy with the way my S runs?

Besides a very annoying choking, stalling and backfiring issue (discussed at http://www.i-bmw.com/showthread.php?t=48870 ) that eventually has been taken care of by BMW, all is well and good.

Just for the sake of naver again: https://youtu.be/YK688sDdCnQ?list=PL...p6JiZLmBZm19J8
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Re: Am I the only one that is happy with the way my S runs?

Just had a few things done to the '09 Mighty K1300S; new tires, spark plugs, changed coolant did a couple of Recalls and flashed the computer with a new update.

The stalling issue disappeared and the bike never ran so good. The tech, Jason, did an awesome job, his work was flawless.

Some day I will need to downsize the garage contents, until then, no complaints here!
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My 05 K1200S Bumble Bee has 30,000+miles,all recalls done; drive flange,fuel pump,cam chain guide & new tensioner. Then the mods; Booster Plug to off set Remus, Swabenmax 32mm riser
plates to put more sport in sport, Dunlop Q3 s! Love the bike ,regular maintinance fluids,lubes,pads, that said lots of maintinance with a hard to access format from BMW, ... Thanks truly to this community at I-bmw.com I am able to Enjoy My Mighty K ! I hope to be a lucky rider many more miles!
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I bought my K12R sport with 36K on the clock about a month ago. It now has almost 39K. I love it more than my wrists do. It is wicked fast and fun. Low RPM stumbling repair would be nice, but I really love it anyway. What fun.
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